(From 2006 Vintage) The 2006 Merlot (82% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 8% Cabernet Franc) is showing much more austerity and leanness. With a dark ruby color and firm, tannic structure, it is a somewhat atypically backward style for this vintage. I suspect this wine will put on more weight and show better when I taste it after bottling.
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Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(From 2002 Vintage) Ripe and oaky in tone with an extra emphasis on the latter at the slight expense of keen varietal fruit, the aromas of this wine do not lack for volume so much as for the vitality and precision we hav...
Wine Advocate(From 1999 Vintage) Rating: (90-92) - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 132 on Dec-00
Wine & Spirits(From 1999 Vintage) Rating: 91/100 - As reviewed by Wine & Spirits Magazine